A Brighton man has been jailed for 13 years today for an unprovoked attack on Hove seafront.
Jamie Chesher, 32, of Regency Square, Brighton, is expected to serve at least six and a half years for the assault which left Simon Craddock paralysed.
Chesher was sentenced at Hove Crown Court for pushing Mr Craddock off a groyne on to the beach near the Peace Statue on Saturday 21 March.
Mr Craddock will spend the rest of his life in a wheelchair after falling 10ft from the groyne.
Chesher claimed that he had acted in self-defence but a jury was unanimous in finding him guilty.
Mr Craddock had been to a party in London Road, Brighton. Although he had been drinking and had taken some ecstasy, he said that he was sober when he left the party at 7am.
He met Chesher and Donna McCreedy on his way home to Second Avenue in Hove.
They talked and went for a cigarette on the groyne. Mr Craddock said that Donna McCreedy had hit him for no reason before Chesher attacked him.
They grappled until Chesher pushed Mr Craddock off the groyne. Mr Craddock was taken to the Royal Sussex County Hospital in Brighton.
Since the attack, Mr Craddock has been unable to move from the chest down.